When Chevron's Texaco unit came to their land [Ecuador] the oil men said they could rub the crude oil on their arms and it would cure their ailments. Now Condi's men had told me that crude oil doesn't cause cancer. But maybe they are right. I'm no expert. So I called one. Robert F Kennedy Jr., professor of Environmental Law at Pace University, told me that elements of crude oil production - benzene, toluene, and xylene, "are well-known carcinogens." Kennedy told me he's seen Chevron-Texaco's ugly open pits in the Amazon and said that this toxic dumping would mean jail time in the USA.

Those are lines from Greg Palast's article, "A Quechua Christmas Carol." December 24, 2007.

Texaco left a nightmare behind in Ecuador.

The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it. Proverbs 29:7.

The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. Isaiah 32:7.

Texaco is the churl of whom David and Isaiah wrote.

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. Isaiah 11:4.

Isaiah is talking about prophesying against the wicked.

Greg's a real go-getter investigative reporter. He blew the lid off the Florida election fraud of 2000 for instance. By his efforts, we learned that some 20,000 blacks were illegally denied the right to have their votes counted, which also denied the people of the U.S. the person who actually legally won the Presidential election, who was Al Gore. Had Al been seated by the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. would not have gone to war with Iraq and would not have engaged in all the domestic illegal surveillance. It would have been taking global warming much more seriously too.

This is not an endorsement of all things Al Gore, far from it. It's just speaking in relative terms, as in lesser of evils (notably lesser but still not good enough).

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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